As winter draws closer, information has been released to help prevent falls in older people after more than 1,000 hospital admissions last year.

Council bosses have released the information in line with Falls Prevention Week which runs annually from September 21-28.

Falls are a common and serious problem for older people and resulted in 1,205 hospital admissions in Barnsley last year.

Small changes can be made to help reduce the risk of a fall in people aged 65 and over which include regular ear and sight checks, annual medication reviews, and well-fitting shoes and slippers.

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: “As people get older, it can be a little bit harder to do some of the things we take for granted doing every day.

“While this is a normal part of getting older, there are lots of things we can do to make sure that people over the age of 65 can do to reduce the risks of falls.”

Jayne Sivakumar, chief nurse at NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s really important that we understand the risks of falling and how this can be prevented.

"We’re pleased to be part of the Fall Proof Barnsley campaign to encourage residents to make small changes to their routine and home to reduce hospital admissions and improve overall health.”

For more information about the Fall Proof Barnsley scheme, and to help reduce the risk of a fall click here.